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Special Milk Program for Virginia

undefined Special Milk Program for Virginia?


The Special Milk Program (SMP) provides milk to children in schools, childcare institutions and eligible camps that do not participate in other Federal child nutrition meal service programs. Schools that participate in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs, can participate in the Special Milk Program for half-day kindergarten and pre-kindergarten children who do not have access to a school meals program. The program reimburses schools and institutions for the milk they serve.

The Special Milk Program (SMP) provides milk to children in schools, childcare institutions and eligible camps that do not participate in other Federal child nutrition meal service programs. Schools that participate in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs, can participate in the Special Milk Program for half-day kindergarten and pre-kindergarten children who do not have access to a school meals program. The program reimburses schools and institutions for the milk they serve.

undefined Special Milk Program for Virginia?


To be eligible for the Virginia Special Milk Program, you must be a resident of the state of Virginia and meet all of the following:

  • Be a child in a school or institution that participates in the Special Milk Program; and
  • Be low-income or very low income.

Each child's family must apply annually for free milk eligibility.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Annual Household Income Limits (before taxes)
Household Size*Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1$26,973
2$36,482
3$45,991
4$55,500
5$65,009
6$74,518
7$84,027
8$93,536

*For households with more than eight people, add $9,509 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

undefined Special Milk Program for Virginia?


To apply for the Special Milk program, directly contact your child's school, camp, or child care institution to find out if it participates in the Special Milk Program.

The Federal agency Child Nutrition Programs manages this program and provides state contact information, select your state in the drop down in the "Who to contact section" of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service website.

Additionally, your state education agency can also provide you with more information about the program on the Virginia Department of Education website.


For more information regarding Special Milk Program (SMP), please visit the Child Nutrition Programs page. 

If you have questions regarding the SMP, please call the Virginia Department of Education toll-free at:
1-800-292-3820

You can also contact your local school district to learn more about Virginia SMP.

1-800-292-3820